Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Southern Utah University women's tennis went 15-18 in its matches at the Beach Tennis Fall Invitational hosted by Long Beach State over the weekend. The Thunderbirds had the most success in matches against CS Northridge (6-4), CS Fullerton (5-2) and UC Riverside (2-0).
SUU opened the tournament with singles victories from Jane Marushko, Nastia Vasileva and Afton Staheli. Marushko and Vasileva, playing in Flight B, defeated Northridge's Mari Taslagyan and Lorraine Cheung 7-6(4), 6-3 and 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, respectively. Staheli, playing in Flight D, picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Northridge's Alexis Marquez.
Staheli and Vasileva later paired in doubles and rolled to an 8-1 victory over CSUN's Collett/Sinoway, but lost their second doubles match 8-3 to the duo of Gerard/Razakasoa from Long Beach. Alex Ivanova and Veronika Rogova had similar success in Flight A, winning their opening match 8-7(2) over Fullerton's McIntosh/Slecove, but fell in their next match 8-2 to Unden/Rozenberg of Long Beach.
On day two, Ivanova captured a victory in her singles match, defeating Riverside's Jasmine Almaguen 6-3, 6-1, but later fell to Portland State's Dane Voster 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
Vasileva and Jane Marushko opened their singles matches with losses, but came back to post victories in their second matches with a 6-1, 6-4 result over CSUN's Mari Taslagyan and a 2-6, 6-3, 10-3 final over CSUN's Kristin Poei, respectively.
Madeline Skaras advanced to the finals of the consolation draw of Flight C with back-to-back wins over Fullerton's Devyn Billingsley and Kalika Slecove by the scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 7-5, 6-2, respectively.
Staheli and Vasileva continued their winning ways in doubles on day two as well, picking up a, 8-7(5) tiebreak victory over CSUN's team of Schnyder/Chang. The duo ultimately finished 3-1 in doubles during the tournament after an 8-2 victory over Fullerton's team of Billingsley/Penner on the final day of competition.
Ivanova and Rogova also logged a doubles victory on the final day of the tournament with an 8-5 result over UC Irvine's team of Mamiit/K. Facey.
Vasileva and Ivanova recorded Southern Utah's final singles victories on the final day. Vasileva wrapped up her tournament a 7-5, 6-2 win over Laura Eales of Long Beach and Ivanova finished her weekend with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Riverside's Courtney Pattagala.
Southern Utah will now turn its sights towards the regular season which will begin in February. The Thunderbirds will open the 2014 campaign at Dixie State on February 20 and host their home opener on March 17 against Northern Colorado.
Flight A Singles
Mickey Hsu (CSUN) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU) 6-4, 6-4
Alex Ivanova (SUU) def. Jasmine Almaguen (UCR) 6-3, 6-1
Dane Voster (PSU) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
Alex Ivanova (SUU) def. Courtney Pattagala (UCR) 6-0, 6-2
Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Veronika Rogova (SUU) 6-2, 6-1
Vivian Lin (CSUN) def. Veronika Rogova (SUU) 6-3, 6-2
Mickey Hsu (CSUN) def. Veronika Rogova (SUU) 6-1, 6-1
Morgan McIntosh (CSF) def. Veronika Rogova (SUU) 6-4, 7-6(4)
Flight B Singles
Jane Marushko (SUU) def. Mari Taslagyan (CSUN) 7-6(4), 6-3
Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. Jane Marushko (SUU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
Jane Marushko (SUU) def. Kristin Poei (CSUN) 2-6, 6-3, 10-3
Camille DeLeon (CSF) def. Jane Marushko (SUU) 6-2, 2-6, 10-8
Nastia Vasileva (SUU) def. Lorraine Cheung (CSUN) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Miya Jin (LMU) def. Nastia Vasileva (SUU) 6-1, 6-3
Nastia Vasileva (SUU) def. Mari Taslagyan (CSUN) 6-1, 6-4
Nastia Vasileva (SUU) def. Laura Eales (LBSU) 7-5, 6-2
Flight C Singles
Alexis Marquez (CSUN) def. Madeline Skaras (SUU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Madeline Skaras (SUU) def. Devyn Billingsley (CSF) 6-3, 6-0
Madeline Skaras (SUU) def. Kalika Slecove (CSF) 7-5, 6-2
Gabriela Tilkeridisova (LBSU) def. Madeline Skaras (SUU) 6-0, 6-1
Flight D Singles
Afton Staheli (SUU) def. Rebekah Penner (CSF) 6-1, 6-3
Andrea Duva (UCI) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-2, 6-2
Laura Mueller (LMU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-0, 6-2
Flight A Doubles
Ivanova/Rogova (SUU) def. McIntosh/Slecove (CSF) 8-7(2)
Unden/Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Ivanova/Rogova (SUU) 8-2
Voster/Govi (PSU) def. Ivanova/Rogova (SUU) 8-4
Ivanova/Rogova (SUU) def. Mamiit/K. Facey (UCI) 8-5
Flight B Doubles
Staheli/Vasileva (SUU) def. Collett/Sinoway (CSUN) 8-1
Gerard/Razakasoa (LBSU) def. Staheli/Vasileva (SUU) 8-3
Staheli/Vasileva (SUU) def. Schnyder/Chang (CSUN) 8-7(5)
Staheli/Vasileva (SUU) def. Billingsley/Penner (CSF) 8-2
Kolyoumjian/Mueller (LMU) def. Skaras/Marushko (SUU) 8-6
Klein/Stadfelt (UCI) def. Skaras/Marushko (SUU) 8-1
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Fri. Apr. 24
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